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We are hiring!
The Litchfield Historical Society seeks an Education Assistant & Visitor Services Manager. The position works closely with the Curator of Education to plan and implement programs and special events and providing interpretation at the Litchfield History Museum and the Tapping Reeve House and Law School. The position is also responsible for recruiting and scheduling museum volunteers, oversight of gift shop and front desk, maintenance of membership records and public relations. This position is the public face of the museum and the first person most visitors see. The Education Assistant and Visitor Services Manager will interact with all staff members, the Board of Trustees, volunteers, interns, and the general public. The position requires strong interpersonal skills and a professional, friendly demeanor. The Education Assistant must be self-motivated, have excellent writing, and communications skills, and be able to effectively work as part of a team. Minimum of a BA degree (MA preferred) in History, Public History, Education, American Studies or Museum Studies; experience in museum education. Knowledge of PastPerfect, graphic design programs, public relations or marketing a plus. The position requires flexibility to work weekends and occasional evenings as scheduled or required. To apply send letter, resume and list of references to Catherine Fields, Director, Litchfield Historical Society at

CollectionSpace Is Live! Search the Collection Online!
The Litchfield Historical Society is pleased to announce the launch of Collection Space, a new online searchable database that makes information about items held in the museum collection visible to the public. Only a small percentage of the museum’s rich collection can be on display in the museum at one time. Through the keyword and advanced search functions, users can search through thousands of objects from the Litchfield Historical Society collection, including clothing, furniture, needlework, paintings, prints, drawings, household objects, and more. This 6,000 item database represents a third of our total collection, so please be sure to check back in often! Staff is adding new records and additional information every day. If you have any questions, contact the Curator of Collections at 860-567-4501 or

History Bites Returns for 2014
Thursdays from March 27-May 29
Admission is free

American jobs are as diverse as the American workforce. From agriculture to industry, American workers keep our economy and our society up and running. This year's History Bites' theme complements the Smithsonian Institution's traveling exhibition, The Way We Worked." Funding has been generously provided by Connecticut Humanities and the Connecticut Community Foundation.

History Bites 2014 Brochure

Community History Tour 2014
The Connecticut Historical Society launches the Community History Tour 2014 in an effort to build deeper relationships with local communities throughout the state. Everyone knows history is important but how relevant is it in our day-to-day lives? How relevant is it in our communities? Time to talk history and its significance! CHS is touring the state, to be hosted by local organizations, and make a stop in Litchfield to open the communication channel on April 21st. Click here to see the brochure. All are welcome! Please email to reserve your spot.

Connecticut's Cultural Treasures Video
The Litchfield Historical Society worked with Connecticut Public Television to produce a video for their Connecticut's Cultural Treasures series. It concisely explains Litchfield's history and the Society's work to preserve it. You can now watch it at our Web site on the "about" page.

Reverberations: A Civil War Commemoration
Memorial Day weekend, Litchfield will be one of many communities to join with the National Park Service to remember the struggles Civil War soldiers faced in the days of 1864. Litchfield was the home of the 2nd Connecticut Heavy Artillery, which suffered terrible losses in its first battle at Cold Harbor. Activities in Litchfield include a living history camp and presentations, and a tour of Civil War sites in the area. That evening an illumination will be held on the town green where the men assembled to leave for Virginia. Names of the 140 men killed on June 1 at Cold Harbor will be read by descendants. Click here for the brochure.

Litchfield: The Making of a New England Town
by Rachel Carley

The first history of Litchfield to be published in nearly 100 years is award-winning!! It's honors include the Award of Merit from the AASLH Leadership in History Awards; Historic New England 2012 Annual Book Prize; the 2012 Linley Award from the Association for the Study of Connecticut History; and Best in Category at the 55th Annual New England Book Show. This lively portrait of the town is sumptuously illustrated with rarely seen maps, photographs, and paintings.

Architectural historian, preservation consultant, and local resident Rachel Carley engages readers with an expansive view of the town's rich heritage through its buildings and landscapes in Litchfield Village, Bantam, Northfield, Milton, and South Farms.

For more information and to order the book, call 860-567-4501 or go to the Litchfield: The Making of a New England Town page.

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Museums Closed for Holiday
April 20, 2014

Community History Tour 2014
April 21, 2014
Time: 4:30pm

Leather Apron Book Club: One Crazy Summer
April 23, 2014
Time: 3:30-5:00pm

History Bites Talk: "The Rise of Litchfield's Tourism Industy"
April 24, 2014
Time: Noon

"The Musical World of John Quincy Adams"
April 27, 2014
Time: 3:00pm

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